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Fred Richmond

(1923 - )

Frederick William Richmond is a Jewish American politician and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Richmond (born November 15, 1923) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He recieved his B.A. from Boston University in 1945 and served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1945.

From 1958 to 1960, Richmond served as deputy finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee. From 1965 to 1975, he was budget director for the New York State Council on the Arts, during which time he also served as the New York City human rights commissioner from 1964 to 1970. Richmond was elected as a New York City councilman from 1973 to 1974.

In November 1974, Richmond was elected as a Democrat to represent New York's 14th distirct in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was subsequently re-elected three times, serving until his resignation on August 25, 1982. In 1982, Richmond was convicted on federal corruption charges, which included possession of marijuana and payment of an illegal gratuity to a Brooklyn Navy Yard employee. As part of a plea bargain he was forced to resign from office.

Sources: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress; Wikipedia